Community Projects


These are just some of the ongoing and past projects our club has supported

°The Olmsted Tribute Garden

Inspired by Frederick L. Olmsted’s vision, and today’s urgent need for restoration and conservation of wildlife habitat, as well as flooding mitigation and carbon capture, the Garden Club of Norfolk has created an arboretum of keystone native trees, shrubs, and pollinator plants along a parcel 2/3rds the length of a football field adjacent to our arboretum. This native landscape will create a visually beautiful, yet functional, ecological corridor to inspire and educate the public on the value of “going native” in their backyards. Check out the Olmsted Tribute Garden Page for more information!

°Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital – ongoing project to provide both funds, supplies and volunteers to landscape the main entrance and Gazebo overlooking Lake Whitehurst.

°$25,000 donation to the gardens at the new CHKD Pediatric Mental Health Hospital, 2021

°$2500 donation to The Healing Garden at Sentara’s Brock Cancer Center, 2021

°Volunteers regularly assist in Norfolk City Park clean ups and annual Clean the Bay Days.

°Co-sponsor the Hermitage Garden Lecture Series (since 2018)

°Donated two benches to Jill’s Garden and donated funds for a men’s vegetable garden, both at The Union Mission Homeless Shelter.

°$1800 donation to the Eggleston Urban Farm (2018)

°Co-sponsored the C-Change Conversations, a public event that explored the effects of Global Climate Change

°$7,500 donation to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens Capital Campaign

°Assisted 5th grade students at Coleman Place Elementary School on an interactive science activity via seed propagation.

°Provided Funds to The Virginia Zoo to be used to construct a gazebo and walkways in the Rose Garden in 2011, 2012, 2013

° Provided Funds to The Elizabeth River Project for use for RiverFest 2011, Paradise Creek Nature Park 2013

° Provided Funds raised at the Garden of Ghoulish Delights for The Hermitage Museum & Gardens, 2010, 2011, 2012

° Provided Funds to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) for signs at the CBF Rain Gardens in 2011

° Provided Funds to Purchase Trash Grabbers for use by volunteers for Keep Norfolk Beautiful, 2010

° Supports Adopt-A-Street Annual Cleanup Campaign along Hampton Boulevard

° Provided Funds to Purchase and Plant Trees to provide A Sound Barrier between the Home and the Interstate for St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, 2009

° Held a Global Warming Forum in conjunction with Harborfront Garden Club, 2007. Received Award of Excellence for Communications in Environmental Stewardship from Norfolk Environmental Commission as well as an award from the Virginia Sierra Club

° Provided Funding to Purchase One Katsura Tree to be planted at Norfolk Fire Station #1. Plaque to read “Honoring the Victims of the September 11, 2001 Tragedies,” 2003

harrison-opera° Provided Funds to Purchase and Plant Twelve Mature Italian Cypress Trees at the Entrance of the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, 2002

° Funded Lighting for The Moses Myers House Garden Restored by The Garden Club of Virginia, 2001

° Contributed to the Weyanoke Sanctuary, 1983, 1996

° Contributed to the Yellow Fever Memorial Park, 1993

° The Greening of Olde Huntersville Project, 1988

° Restored The Hermitage Museum Gardens, 1985

° Established GCN Founders Fund, 1959

 The Chrysler Museum of Art

° Funded Planting of Two Areas at MacArthur Center Entrance with The City of Norfolk, 1999, 2000


° Planted the North Side of the Museum, 1996

° Restored the Memorial Garden, 1989

Norfolk Botanical Garden


° One of four local garden clubs to contribute to the creation of the 75th Anniversary Reflection Garden 2012, 2013

° Contributed to 70th Anniversary project for the WPA Memorial Garden and Mutambo Exhibit, 2008

° Provided Two Watershed Educational Boxes for an Outreach Program, 2006

° Provided Funds for World of Wonders, A Children’s Adventure Garden, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

° Provided Sponsorship for Summer Campers, 1998

° Contributed to the Native Plant Habitat 1997, 1998, 1999

° Contributed to the Capital Fund Drive and the Restoration of the Colonial Garden, 1994

° Provided a Planter for the Rotunda, 1993

° Sponsored the Entrance Arbor, 1990

° Sponsored the Colonial Garden, 1961